About two weeks ago,I was visiting libraries in YORK and meeting some lovely people. (NB. Thank you, everyone, and sorry I haven't got any namees to give you a personal cheer!) But in STRENSHALL library, I met a dad and his young daughter. She had seen me before, he told me. "Where?" I asked, thinking local schools. "In Cyprus" he said.
Now, this was so wonderful, and brought back a sunburst of happy memories. In March 2004, I had a most brilliant "school visiting" week to Cyprus, arranged by Maria and Demetri Theokari of Highgate School, in Nicosia/Lefkosi. Some days local schools came to Highgate School for my talks, and some days I was taken to other schools on the island. Each day I was taken by the most generous people to museums, and mountains, and harbours, and historical walks around the city, and was given the most delicious of meals. It was a truly magical trip, and I have never felt so looked after in my life.
And to find these Highgate friends there for my York session was amazing. They had come back to the UK the month before - and I was even carrying a picture the little girl had drawn when I had been at Highgate! So absolutely lovely and unexpected a coincidence!
Yesterday was another great meeting: a lazy lunch with two writing friends. They were HELENA PIELICHATY, who writes the AFTER SCHOOL CLUB series and some great teen novels, and HILARY ROBINSON, who created "THE PRINCESS LETTERS" and many other very clever picture books. Ate and chatted in the sunshine, and decided life was pretty good after all, even if we weren't J.K.Rowling.
Today the sky is greyer, and I must get back into work mode. Also tidy my books n story basket for the weekend celebration of bookish activities at HEADINGLEY LIBRARY, LEEDS. I'll be there on Saturday from 10 to 11am. A bit early, maybe, but you can always bring a slice of breafast toast along with you! Meet you there?